Scientific Name
Chaetodon rafflesii  
Chaetodon rafflesii雷氏蝴蝶魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Anonymous [Bennett], 1830 Depth 1 - 15M
Chinese 雷氏蝴蝶魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 蝴蝶魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F393 Chaetodontidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 格紋蝴蝶魚 
Max Length 15 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 網蝶、蝶仔(臺東) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、South、Tung Sa IS.、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Coastal、Lagoon  Holotype Locality Sumatra 
Synonyms Anisochaetodon rafflesi, Chaetodon dahli, Chaetodon princeps, Chaetodon rafflesi, Chaetodon rafflessi, Chaetodon sebae   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  Bennett, E. T. 1830 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0057089. ASIZP0057779. FRIP21101. NTUM00656. NTUM01418. NTUM08030.  
Common Name Raffle's butterflyfish; Latticed butterflyfish; Latticed coralfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body oval, deep, strongly compressed. Head length about equal to head height; preopercle smooth, without prominent spines. Snout short. Small protractile mouth with brush-like teeth in the jaws. Dorsal fin with XII to XIII spines, no notch between spinous and soft dorsal fin; and 21 to 23 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 18 to 20 soft rays; pectoral fins transparent with 14 or 15 soft rays; pelvic fins with I stout spine and 5 branched rays; caudal fin rounded. Overall yellow with cross-hatched pattern on the sides; a dark black spot is sometimes present under the spinous portion of the dorsal fin; a black bar runs across the eye. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins have a dark stripe the position of which varies with age.
habitats An uncommon species found in areas of rich coral growth of lagoon and protected reef flats and seaward reefs at depths of 3 to 20 m. Often in pairs. Feed on sea anemones, polychaetes, and octocorallian and scleractinian coral polyps. Oviparous. 
Distribution Distributed from Sri Lanka and the Andaman Sea throughout the Indo-Malayan region northward to southern Japan, eastward across the tropical southern Pacific Ocean to the Tuamotu Archipelago. Widely around coral reefs in northern and southern Taiwan. 
Utility Marine aquarium fish.